Aging with dignity, make a difference come and celebrate with us, in Honor of WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY, Havana Learning Center and Department of Children and Families have joined together to host a FREE LUNCHEON on June 12, 2013 from 12:00 (noon) - 2:00 p.m., for seniors who live in the Havana area.
Elder abuse is an often under-recognized and unreported problem, research indicates that more than one in ten elders may experience some type of abuse, but only one in five cases or fewer are reported. Older adults who are abused/mistreated/neglect are three(3) times more likely to die within the next decade them the same are adults who are not mistreated. Most time abusers are relatives, friends or caregivers very few are strangers and very few victims report the abuse and exploitation because they are dependent on the perpetrator for their care and they are afraid of institutionalization.
America is in the midst of expeiencing a "gray tsunami" people over 85 are the fastest growing segment of the population in the United States and this is also the segment most vulnerable to be abuse and neglected. The abuse can be financial, physical, emotional and sexual and can also include neglect and most of these are never reported it's called silent suffering among our elderly. Make a difference come and help us celebrate a stop of elderly abuse/neglect and let them age with dignity. If you know or suspect elder abuse please do not be afraid to report it, remember one day it could be you.
Once again, come and enjoy a FREE LUNCHEON on June 12, 2013 hosted by Havana Learning Center and Department of Children and Families in honor of WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY. If you would like to come and speak or donate food/refreshments or token of love please do not hesitate to contact Lillian Johnson at 850-539-1315 or Jeanna Olson at 850-921-8269.